Queensland has earned three spots in the Australian Under-19 squad to tour Sri Lanka after their bid for national championship glory fell desperately short in a rain-affected final yesterday in Adelaide.

Wynnum-Manly batsman Corey Hunter, Gold Coast allrounder Josh Kann and University if Qld left-armer quick Matthew Willans were all named in the 14-player Australian squad for a four-match tour of Sri Lanka next month.


The squad, which will be coached by former Queensland Bulls duo Ryan Harris and Wade Townsend, will arrive in Colombo on 30 December to play threeone-daymatches and onethree-daymatch against the Sri Lankan Under-19 squad.

Australia Under 19s

Iain Carlisle – New South Wales
Oliver Davies – New South Wales
Zak Evans – Victoria
Sam Fanning – New South Wales
Jarrod Freeman – Tasmania
Lachlan Hearne – New South Wales
Baxter Holt – New South Wales
Corey Hunter – Queensland
Josh Kann – Queensland

Liam Marshall – New South Wales
Keegan Oates – Tasmania
Tanveer Sangha – New South Wales
Will Sutherland – Victoria
Matthew Willans - Queensland

Coach:Ryan Harris
Assistant Coach:Wade Townsend

The team has been selected by the CA Youth Selection Panel, led by National Selector and National Talent Manager Greg Chappell, in consultation with State and Territory Talent Managers.

“It was exciting to see the quality of cricket on display at the championships, and we believe this is a well-balanced squad with plenty of talent,” Chappell said.

“Many of these players have now come through the Pathway from Under 15s to Under 19s, and we are continuing to see them improve, which is a credit to themselves and their States.

“Providing our best young players with international opportunities is an essential part of the Pathway.

“This squad contains six players who have already represented Australia Under 19s, and a mix of players who are either in their final year of Under 19s cricket or will remain eligible for the next ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2020. 

"All are thoroughly deserving of their selection in this squad, and there are always players who are unlucky to miss selection. 

“With three one-day matches and a three-day match against Sri Lanka on their home soil, this will give our squad an enormous challenge in sub-continent conditions.”

Five of the top 10 run-scorers at the Under 19 Male National Championships feature in the squad, plus three of the top eight wicket-takers.

Tasmania captain Keegan Oates (430 runs at 71.6) was named Player of the Tournament and was the competition’s leading run-scorer.

NSW Metro trio Oliver Davies (392 at 65.3), Sam Fanning (370 at 74) and Baxter Holt (333 at 55.5), and Victoria Metro’s Will Sutherland (299 at 42.7) also scored heavily.

ACT/NSW Country fast bowler Iain Carlisle (15 wickets at 17.13), Victoria Metro quick Zak Evans (13 wickets at 16.62) and Queensland all-rounder Josh Kann (11 wickets at 20.73) all featured prominently with the ball.

South Australia leg-spinner Lloyd Pope – the leading wicket-taker at the Under 19 Male National Championships with 20 scalps – as well as New South Wales duo Jack Edwards and Jason Sangha,were not considered for selection due to domestic State commitments.

Australia Under 19s - Fixtures

One-Day Matches

January 3: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo
January 5: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo
January 7: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at P Sara Oval, Colombo

Three-Day Match

January 10 – 12: Sri Lanka Under 19s v Australia Under 19s at SSC Ground, Colombo

This follows the conclusion of the Under 19 Male National Championships in Adelaide yesterday, where ACT/NSW Country defeated Queensland in the Final.

A full list of award winners from the tournament is below:

Spirit of Cricket:Victoria Country

Player of the Final:Kaleb Phillips (ACT/NSW Country) - 2-18 and 36*

Leading Run Scorer:Keegan Oates (Tasmania) - 430 runs at 71.66

Leading Wicket Taker:Lloyd Pope (South Australia) - 20 wickets at 13.65

Most Dismissals:Isaiah Snell (Queensland) - 16 catches and two stumpings

Player of the Tournament:Keegan Oates (Tasmania) - 24 votes

Runner-up:Sam Fanning (NSW Metro) - 20 votes

3rd place:Lloyd Pope (South Australia) - 14 votes

Queensland, fresh from a thumping win over South Australia in the semi-final, were unable to capitalise on that momentum in the rain-affected Final against ACT/NSW Country. 

Queensland lost captain Angus Lovell and Ben Maynard to be in trouble at 2-46 before rain forced the players off the field after the ninth over.

It took all of five and a half hours for the rain to fully clear, with the match dramatically altered with a the delay changing the Final to a twenty-over game.

 

Corey Hunter (37) was the only Queenslander to get going with the bat, with his departure along with the run out of the dangerous Josh Kann for a diamond duck in 13th over sparking a collapse.

 

In the end, some excellent death bowling saw Queensland fall to 7-124 off of their 20 overs.  

 

The DLS Method saw the total for ACT/NSW Country to win revised to 131.

 

ACT/NSW Country enjoyed starts from Matthew Calder (21), Henry Railz (29) and Kaleb Phillips (36 not our), as they got to the total with five balls to spare.

 

Willans was the pick of the bowlers for Queensland with excellent figures of 2-15 in the side's unsuccessful defence, while 16-year-old left-arm wrist spinner Ryan Walker (who took 11 wickets for the tournament) claimed 1-26 and captain Angus Lovell 1-5.

 

Having lost two of the previous three finals, this was a breakthrough championship for ACT/NSW Country, winning the tournament for the first time since New South Wales split into two teams ahead of the 2014-15 tournament.